Aaron Best scores 20 points in Canada’s 122-88 basketball rout of New Zealand

SYDNEY, Australia — Aaron Best scored 20 points while Andrew Nembhard added 17 as Canada’s men’s basketball team trounced the New Zealand Tall Blacks 122-88 in a pre-FIBA World Cup exhibition game Tuesday.

Six Canadians scored in double figures. Oshae Brissett had 16 points and seven rebounds, Owen Klassen chipped in 12 points, Kevin Pangos had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists, and Duane Notice finished with 10 points.

The Canadians split a pair of friendlies last week with Australia, a team they’ll face in their opening round of the World Cup on Sept. 1.

Canada set a blistering pace, opening with a 10-0 run and scoring seven three-pointers in the first quarter to take a 35-17 lead into the second. They had a 20-0 first-half run, and led 61-37 at halftime. Canada took a 92-63 lead into the fourth quarter.

Kaza Kajami-Keane had eight points before leaving the game with an apparent ankle injury in the second quarter.

Tai Webster led the Tall Blacks with 19 points.

Canada opened its pre-World Cup camp with three players with significant NBA experience but are down to just Orlando’s Khem Birch. Miami Heat’s Kelly Olynyk pulled out earlier this month after injuring his knee in an exhibition game with Nigeria. Sacramento Kings point guard Cory Joseph played in Canada’s two exhibition games against Nigeria but didn’t travel to Australia. He could rejoin the team for the World Cup.

The Canadians wrap up their pre-tournament schedule against the United States on Aug. 26.

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